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Would you agree to pay tuition to have your child attend full-day kindergarten at a public school?

Poll results

Response Percent
Not sure
Total 883

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
From left, KU students Matt Branham, freshman, Sam Holloway, sophomore, and Emma Brink, junior, photograph ceramics work in the art and design building on KU campus on Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2010. Kansas Board of Regents approves tougher admission standards for public universities
4:46 p.m., December 15, 2010 Updated 5:55 p.m. in print edition on 1A
“The underlying piece of all this was to better prepare people for success, not to eliminate anyone,” said Regent Chair Gary Sherrer, who headed a task force on the standards.
6:00 a.m.
Mario Little's booking photo. KU basketball player Mario Little arrested after altercation involving girlfriend, suspended indefinitely
9:24 a.m., December 16, 2010 Updated 5:36 p.m. in print edition on 1A
Kansas University senior basketball player Mario Little was arrested early Thursday on charges of battery, criminal damage and criminal trespassing.
10:00 a.m.
Tulsa Athletic Director Bubba Cunningham speaks to the press in this January 2006 file photo. According to sources, Cunningham will be hired as the next athletic director at Kansas University. Bubba Cunningham staying at Tulsa
4:38 p.m., December 16, 2010 Updated 12:00 a.m. in print edition on 1B
In a statement released late Thursday afternoon, Tulsa University announced that Bubba Cunningham would remain its athletic director. Kansas University’s search for a new athletic director, which had reached its destination at the doorstep of Tulsa University’s Bubba Cunningham, has resumed.
2:00 p.m.
Holcomb 1, pictured above, is operating at 85 percent capacity. The Holcomb Station Project proposed by Sunflower Electric Power Corporation would add a second plant that would operate at 90 percent capacity. KDHE issues air quality permit for coal-burning power plant near Holcomb
9:41 a.m., December 16, 2010 Updated 3:55 p.m. in print edition on 1A
The proposal by Sunflower Electric Power Corp. has been at the center of political fighting for more than three years.
6:00 p.m.
Zachary Cote, works an active shift as a dancing chicken while advertising downtown for Oh Boy! Chicken at 125 W. 10th St. Odd jobs: In this economy, Lawrence residents are getting creative
10:59 a.m., December 16, 2010 Updated 10:59 a.m.
Tough times call for inventive measures.

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Defendant in shootings at The Exchange enters no-contest pleas
December 17, 2010 in print edition on A3
A 28-year-old Lawrence man on Friday pleaded no-contest to six counts of aggravated battery for firing a gun on Aug. 1 into a south Lawrence apartment and injuring six people.
Lawrence experts: Giving a pet as a Christmas gift can be bad idea
Experts say people need to think through the adoption process and choose an animal carefully, not on a whim.
December 17, 2010
While it might seem like a good idea, adopting an animal around the holiday season can bring unexpected stress to both the animal and the adopters.
Lawrence man convicted of abusing infant daughter, choking 6-year-old
December 17, 2010
A 30-year-old Lawrence man pleaded no-contest Friday morning to two counts of child abuse after he was accused of abusing two children in September including his infant daughter.
Armed robbery reported in the 1600 block of Indiana
04:22 p.m., December 17, 2010 Updated 09:28 p.m.
Police are investigating an armed robbery in the 1600 block of Indiana Street.
Patience and green thumb aid former Lawrence Mayor Bob Schumm in cultivating 55-year-old grapefruit trees
December 17, 2010 in print edition on A1
Two grapefruit trees are thriving inside Bob Schumm’s garage, each gulping 5 gallons of water a week and basking in the glow of six fluorescent grow lights overhead, where the fragrant leaves rub against the ceiling.
Judge sets February trial date in Kansas ticket scandal case
03:58 p.m., December 17, 2010 Updated 05:33 p.m. in print edition on A4
The case against five former University of Kansas officials accused of conspiring to steal more than $2 million in sports tickets has been set to go to trial in February.
Douglas County judge rules father of Jason Wren cannot seek punitive damages from KU fraternity Sigma Alpha Epsilon
December 17, 2010 in print edition on A4
A Douglas County judge Friday ruled the father of Jason Wren, a Kansas University student who died in 2009 from alcohol poisoning, could not seek punitive damages in a lawsuit against his son’s fraternity.
Tiny kitten rescued from Lawrence storm drain available for adoption at Lawrence Humane Society
December 17, 2010 in print edition on A1
The rescue took an hour, but it was worth it.
Lawrence Schools Foundation awards $5,000 Special Award for Dedication to Education to Lawrence High School teacher Charlie Lauts
December 17, 2010 in print edition on A1
Shooting trebuchets in the hallway outside Room 150 at Lawrence High School would just have to wait.
Kansas will find another good choice for athletic director
December 17, 2010
Kansas University didn’t get its first choice for athletic director, but you can remain confident the school will land a quality person with high integrity and deeply rooted NCAA connections to handle conference realignment issues when they inevitably resurface.
Topeka woman makes plea, says she will testify against other defendants in October shooting on Redbud Lane
December 17, 2010 in print edition on A7
A 22-year-old Topeka woman Friday morning pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to commit aggravated battery related to an October shooting outside a Lawrence apartment building.
Right Between The Ears readies their holiday show
12:43 p.m., December 17, 2010 Updated 12:43 p.m.
Comedy troupe goes live this Saturday at 7 p.m.
Statehouse Live: Democratic Kansas state senator switching to Republican Party
11:37 a.m., December 17, 2010 Updated 04:49 p.m. in print edition on A6
Steineger was an unsuccessful candidate in the Democratic Party primary in August for secretary of state. And he has sometimes been at odds with Senate Democratic Leader Anthony Hensley of Topeka.
Town Talk: Dillons releases renderings of Mass. Street proposal; Farmland cleanup about to begin; bank sues Lawrence business group over Topeka deal; Hawks Pointe Apartments sold
December 17, 2010
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
KU basketball recruit Perry Ellis cuts school list to six
December 17, 2010
Perry Ellis, a 6-foot-8 junior forward from Wichita Heights, has trimmed his list of prospective schools to six.
One lane in each direction to close on portion of 23rd Street on Monday, Tuesday
December 17, 2010 in print edition on A1
Be prepared for slow-moving traffic next week along a section of East 23rd Street.
First Bell: Superintendent lines up tasks for new year; a teacher inspires imagination; feature to resume Jan. 3
December 17, 2010
Time for another edition of First Bell, an early-morning rundown of news and other interesting items involving schools in the area.
Heard on the Hill: Grading journalists in a post-Bubba world; Mizzou, not KU, makes ‘Druggiest College’ list; reader says Self should Skype with troops
December 17, 2010
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Alumni Wayne and Joan Anderson leave $264,000 estate gift to be used for KU scholarships
December 17, 2010 in print edition on A6
A $264,000 estate gift from Kansas University alumni Wayne and Joan Anderson will create a new KU scholarship.
Douglas County dispatchers inundated with calls during Wednesday’s icy weather
December 17, 2010 in print edition on A7
The icy conditions Wednesday evening caused eight injury accidents in Douglas County, but sheriff’s officials said no one suffered injuries that were believed to be life-threatening.
Bobby Jenks joins Boston Red Sox; Magglio Ordonez staying in Detroit
December 17, 2010
Bobby Jenks, Kerry Wood and Josh Willingham changed uniforms, while Magglio Ordonez stayed in Detroit as several teams tried to wrap up business Thursday before taking a holiday break.
BCS director doubts Mark Cuban’s playoff plan
December 17, 2010
Don’t expect Mark Cuban’s money to break the BCS.
Baker University names Theresa Yetmar new AD
December 17, 2010 in print edition on B3
Baker University president Dr. Pat Long announced Thursday that Theresa Yetmar has been named the school’s new athletic director, a position she will assume January 1, 2011.
Chiefs QB Matt Cassel limited in practice; availability for game at St. Louis unclear
December 17, 2010 in print edition on B3
Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel was limited in practice Thursday and his availability for Sunday’s game at St. Louis remained unclear.
Chargers inch closer to Chiefs in AFC West race
December 17, 2010
The San Diego Chargers have regained their December swagger, thanks to Vincent Jackson’s return and a smash-mouth defense.
KU researchers help with glacier-tracking effort
December 17, 2010
Scientists are learning more about how glaciers move because of the work done by a research team that includes geologists from the University of Kansas.
Rare buzz around Rams this week
December 17, 2010
There was a distinct buzz under the big roof at Rams Park’s indoor practice facility Thursday, an uncommon feeling that used to be so commonplace in Earth City. It was the buzz of the Big Game. It was that unmistakable sense that the Rams were preparing to play a game with “must win” connotations.
Resident reports theft of camera, personal items in 3000 block of West Sixth Street
December 17, 2010 in print edition on A4
An area resident reported Dec. 8 the theft of a camera and other personal items from the 3000 block of West Sixth Street.
Public deserves truth surrounding Bubba Cunningham backing out of KU job
December 17, 2010 in print edition on B1
Something happened between the time Bubba Cunningham told friends he was going to leave Tulsa University to accept the athletic director’s position at Kansas University and the time Tulsa announced Thursday he had signed a new contract with the Conference USA school.
Kansas unemployment rate for November increases to 6.8 percent
December 17, 2010 in print edition on A6
The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for November increased to 6.8 percent, up from 6.7 percent in October and 6.3 percent last November.
Jingle bell, jingle bell, Jingle Bell Jog: Dashing through the cold, rasing money for charity
December 17, 2010 in print edition on A3
The eighth annual Jingle Bell Jog down Massachusetts Street lived up to the name Thursday night.
Pump patrol
December 17, 2010 in print edition on A4
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.81 at several stations.
Kansas man charged with murder hires second lawyer
December 17, 2010
The attorney for a man accused of murdering a 58-year-old Horton, Kan., woman has hired a co-defender.
Ruling favors power to people
December 17, 2010 in print edition on A8
The ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Henry E. Hudson that the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as “Obamacare,” unconstitutionally imposes a requirement that everyone carry health insurance or be taxed for not doing so, has placed the law on legal life support.
War may imperil Obama presidency
December 17, 2010 in print edition on A8
Once when the French statesman Duc de Richelieu (1766-1822) was planning a military campaign, an officer placed a finger on a map, saying: “We shall cross the river at this point.” Richelieu replied: “Excellent, sir, but your finger is not a bridge.”
Dental care
Licensing dental therapists is worth considering, but Kansas should take other steps to ensure proper dental care across the state.
December 17, 2010 in print edition on A8
There are several obstacles that can prevent those in need of health care from getting treatment — lack of insurance being chief among them.
100 years ago: Land agent offers lots in Oklahoma in possibly fraudulent scheme
December 17, 2010
“Last Saturday B. L. Lewis, representing the Oakland City Township and Immigrant Company, blew into town with a square yard of blueprint, plats and a trunk full of mimeographed abstracts. He secured an empty dry-goods box which he mounted and proceeded to give away a whole townsite in fifteen minutes.”
25 years ago: City commissioners split on waiting period for handgun purchases
December 17, 2010
Lawrence city commissioners were scheduled to consider whether to have city staff draft a proposed ordinance requiring a three-day waiting period for buying a handgun. Opinion was still split on the commission.
40 years ago: Several building projects underway at KU
December 17, 2010
Several building projects at KU were either underway or scheduled for construction.
School closings
December 17, 2010
The announced closing of the Vinland and Marion Springs schools saddens me.
Horoscope for Dec. 17
December 17, 2010
This year, you often juggle many different concerns. You have the energy and insight to achieve a lot. What remains key is to take frequent breaks in order to relax, love and be with your friends. If you are single, Cupid will be in your neighborhood mid-spring. If you are attached, Cupid’s arrow easily could hit you, warming up your relationship. You can count on Taurus to be practical.
Tune In: Holiday moments bright, shiny and very dark
December 17, 2010
Ellen DeGeneres hosts the 29th annual “Christmas in Washington” (7 p.m., TNT) celebration benefiting the Children’s National Medical Center.
Donation from Spirit AeroSystems will help Kansas Aviation Museum focus on plane restoration
December 17, 2010
Kansas Aviation Museum says a 15-acre parcel and four buildings donated to it by Spirit AeroSystems will help it focus on restoring more historic planes.
Mario Little’s suspension opens door for Travis Releford, Jeff Withey
December 17, 2010 in print edition on B1
Mario Little’s indefinite suspension from Kansas University’s basketball team will mean additional playing time for one or more players on the Jayhawks’ deep roster.
Lights, camera, anticipation: Josh Selby, respecting tradition, ditches headgear, prepares for warm welcome at Allen Fieldhouse
December 17, 2010 in print edition on B1
A burning question was presented to Josh Selby on Day Five of “Selby Week” on Kansas University’s campus. “Will you be wearing a headband Saturday?” Selby, KU’s flashy freshman point guard from Baltimore, was asked Thursday during a 10-minute interview session with more than a dozen print, radio and TV reporters outside the famed northwest tunnel of Allen Fieldhouse.